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When in French: Love in a Second Language
When in French: Love in a Second Language | Lauren Collins
Talking to you in English, he said, is like touching you with gloves.
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RamsFan1963
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I always loved Bonnie Tyler's voice. I'm not familiar with this album, I'll have to go searching on ebay.

#WanderingJune #LostInFrance @cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB She had (has?) a voice full of smoke! Loved her too in the 80s but don‘t know this album either. 7mo
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ARoseByAnyOtherName
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Mehso-so

The first half is a brilliant, accurate and amusing anecdote about expat life in Switzerland. The second is a dry yet informative history of the French language....with some memoirs thrown in for good measure. Took me forever to finish it because the end was so dry.

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ARoseByAnyOtherName
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Expat life in Switzerland.....in a nutshell 😍🇨🇭😂

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LilithHomer
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Pickpick

Combines a personal narrative about an American living in Switzerland with her French husband with reflections and factual tidbits about bilingualism and xenophobia. It works.

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UrsulaMonarch
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Fun words! 💚 #useful #kummerspeck

tournevis Knullrufs is the name of my next band. 2y
UrsulaMonarch @tournevis 😂💚💚 2y
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UrsulaMonarch
Pickpick

Loved this book! I found it to be much more about language than relationships, despite its packaging! I was chuckling every few pages and learning something just as often.

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UrsulaMonarch
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More #dinerreading! So glad this book is #overdue, which prompted me to actually read it. Loving it! #library #SFPL #coffee

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UrsulaMonarch
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I'm enjoying this book so much! Tons of great language information 💚🤓

Lindy 20-minute work shifts - that IS fascinating. 😮 2y
UrsulaMonarch @Lindy agreed! 😂 the previous section of the book went over famous errors in interpretation, from the amusing to the more grave. 2y
Lindy @Lkelly Stacked! 2y
UrsulaMonarch @Lindy yay! 😁I'm sure I'll write more about this but I feel like this is a book about language that got packaged as being about relationships?? Anyway hope you like it like I do! 👍 2y
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Dolly
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Bailedbailed

Mostly about linguistics (?) and languages. Audio got tedious and uninteresting with no plot to follow just chopped up strands of story .⭐️⭐️

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Nomad_Student
Mehso-so

I enjoyed parts of this book & found others extremely irritating. Linguistically, there were both over- & under-explanations. On the whole, the entire book needed a much firmer hand in the editing department- it skips around between subjects & timelines & is a little too focused on navel-gazing for my taste, even for a memoir. I did, however, enjoy the parts that dealt more directly with developing an identity & relationships in a second language.

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BookishMarginalia
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Seems like a good pairing! 💜❤️💜

Zelma Very nice. 👍☕️ 3y
kspenmoll 📚☕️ 3y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! A hilarious and endearing memoir with high ratings. Lauren moved to London in her early 30s, and fell in love with Olivier, a Frenchman. The fact that they speak 2 different languages exacerbated when they moved to francophone Geneva. Determined to communicate better, she learns French, with hilarious effect. For example, she tells her mother-in-law she's given birth to a coffee machine. 😂👏🏻 #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

BookishMarginalia Want this one! 3y
WanderingBookaneer We had this in our hands yesterday… And today. 3y
Ellen I read The New Yorker excerpt; it's really good, gets into a lot of the subtle misses of loving across languages http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/08/lauren-collins-learns-to-love-in-fr... 3y
SaraFair Love all english / french crossovers! Fiction or non fiction! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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PutnamKatie
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In-flight reading! ✈️

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BookNAround
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Was going to try reading something festive but pulled this out instead. It's sucked me right in.

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Twocougs
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Bailedbailed

I usually love books about France/French but this one just didn't grab. Got half way through but can't go on.

HardcoverHearts I heard an interview with the author, and I suspected that the book itself wouldn't be as good as the interview about the book was to listen to. Good for you for bailing. Life's too short. 3y
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bermudaonion
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Pickpick

A great memoir for those who love language. I could relate to the feeling of not fitting in where you live. The audio of this book didn't work for me - I didn't enjoy it until I switched to print.

BethFishReads Good to know -- I'll read not listen 3y
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Rhondareads
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Part of today's BookMail also received the novelThe Patriots by Sana Krasikov both look fantastic,

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Jenwillread
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Chilly first night of October = perfect night for reading in bed 🇫🇷📚🍁#wheninfrench

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JacintaMCarter
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Panpan

This book started out as a memoir about Collins attempting to learn French after marrying a Frenchman and moving to France. Then it became a history of the French language. Then back to memoir. This switching back and forth continued throughout. While both the memoir and the history were interesting, she needed to focus on one aspect or the other so we could get a full story, rather than just snippets of two different ideas.

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raelaschoenherr
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This book sounds SO right up my alley! A memoir about an expat in England who falls in love with a Frenchman and is trying to learn the language? Sign me up.

Leelee08 ❤️ 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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I always feel so important when I get a new ARC in the mail.

MrBook 😎👍🏻 Me too. 3y
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Kiley
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I am LOVING this so far. It broke me out of my reading lull completely - it is funny, sweet, and utterly charming.

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jcgoody
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Pickpick

The best memoirs are just as much histories as they are stories of people. Collins explores the languages of French and English, and the the transition of growing up in America to living in Europe. Fantastic non-fiction from a longtime New Yorker staff writer.

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